The Faculty's Higher Specialist Training programme in Sports and Exercise Medicine (HST SEM) received formal accreditation from the Medical Council of Ireland in early 2017. The training programme was signed off by the Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, in March 2017, and the first SpR intake took place in July 2019.

Programme DirectorDr Philip Carolan LRCP&SI MB BCh BAO (NUI), AFRCSI, FFSEM, FFSEM (UK) Dip SEM GB&I

Dr Carolan works as a Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine in the Sports Surgery Clinic Santry. He is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine in Ireland and the UK. He is the immediate Past Dean of the Faculty, holding the position of Dean of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (RCPI & RCSI), on two occasions for a 3 year period from 2008-2011 and 2019-2022. He is on the Examiners panel for the FSEM (UK) exams and is external examiner for the FSEM/ICGP joint MSK Diploma examination. He is medical director for the Cavan GAA and is team doctor to the Senior and U21 football teams. He is past team doctor to the Ulster Railway Cup team in GAA from 2001 to 2005. His specialist interest is groin injuries, tendinopathy and improving medical education pathways for all involved in Sports and Exercise Medicine. He was a past member of the Irish Heart Foundation committee on Sudden Cardiac Death in general population and sport. Over his time as a member of the Faculty Board, he held the roles of Honorary Secretary (two occasions), Vice-Dean, PCS Manager (two occasions) and ASC co-chair (two occasions).